My fictional heroes. For when you are feeling like shit

Nov 18, 2012

So let me introduce you to this people right here, the ones that have carried me through, and helped me feel better the minute I feel like crap, yeah they are fictional but they are my heroes, and they have been there for me even more times that I could count on with real people in real life. Lately I have been feeling real crappy, yes, we all have those off-days, but mine has lasted weeks, months and years. I've heard that writing these stuff down helps, plus I cant afford a therapist, other than my college psychologist. Maybe I should visit her again. 

The thing is that I just thought college was going to be this new beginning for me, a clean slate from all those shitty school years. In some way it has, I certainly have been able to be myself more than ever now, but I also thought that once I started college I wasn't going to have to deal with feeling like an outcast and a lame loser again, it was supposed to be the place and the time where I'd finally find my partner in crime, my future business pal, a friend. At the start it felt like that, but right now I can't wait to finish and graduate.

And yes, I have met incredibly awesome people, but I still feel like a damn stranger.  I know I am the problem, but, how can I change?, how can I make it better? believe me I've tried, I have tried.

I made this collage because as like everyone who watches movies, we all have this role model or this special movie character that makes us feel good about ourselves, and that gives us hope. These are mine, and I just wanted to gathered them all up, like some sort of holy shrine or something, and share it with you. I look at them and I know things will be better, I look at them and I know its ok to be the way I am, and I should not want to be any other way no matter how difficult it gets, and yes this is the new background on my phone.

I just go back and remember and think of all those movies, tv shows, and book characters, where "my fictional heroes" are. The ones that despite being weird, loners, outcast, rejected, awkward, different, or have gone through some really tough shit, have rise above all that, and never changed, even when it got really bad. Yeah, of course sometimes it got so bad, that they felt like giving up, or change who they were, but in the end no one broke their spirit, they remain truthful to themselves, and guess what, they ended up being really succesful, or at least very special in the future. Also, they are fucking hilarious.  We all have them, and these are mine (there are more, oh yes there are).

I love Chandler Bing, who could easily be my favorite fictional character of all times, I love his inadequacy and like him, jokes are my defense mechanism; Cristina and Meredith, my rolemodel of a true genuine friendship, they met after college on their late 20's, so I've still got a chance; oh Abed, I just wish I had a friend like Abed, he is so fascinating and no matter how many times everyone around him calls him a weirdo, he stays the same, just like dr. Spencer Reid; Cosmo Brown from Singing In The Rain whom I just fell in love with right away, Suzy Bishop and Margot Tenenbaum's uniqueness, and their 'i-dont-give-a-fuck-about-what-others-think' really empowers me, just as much as Lorelai Gilmore and Max's 'I-am-my-fucking-self' personality; Liz Lemon is a mayor hero for me, its ok to be lame and a loser your whole life if you're going to be the talented, weird and strong Liz Lemon, I love that woman, I love Tina Fey; which takes me to Napoleon, damn I look at him and I wish I had his determination, his security, his self confidence, and those sweet dance moves, he can be shoved into every locker, and he remains to be that awesome unique person he is; Dwayne from Little Miss Sunshine, I wish there was a guy like him at my school, I really feel related to him, and many times I find myself hating the entire world, ahh we'd be the bestest of friends; and last but not least, the girls from Whip It, especially Kristen Wiig's, Drew Barrymore's and Ellen Page's characters, all of them very empowering women, that show you is ok to be this genuine all over the place crazy chick, and it is bad-ass to be yourself. 

Yes, i also do have some real life heroes but that collage will come later.

So, who are your fictional heroes, which characters get you going and make you feel like you can do just anything? 

Share it!          6 Comments

Ya ta' bueno

Nov 12, 2012

Estoy tratando de buscar las palabras para describir lo que ocurrió ayer 11 de noviembre, y como se sintió estar ahí, pero no hay ninguna cursilería que le haga justicia. Fue surreal, fue maravilloso, fue simplemente bello. Creo que nuestra generación no había visto algo así. Sí lo hemos visto en películas, sí, nuestros padres y abuelos nos contaron como fueron las revoluciones de sus tiempos, pero viendo como son los tiempos de ahora, con toda esta indiferencia y cuando nuestra mayor preocupación es si fulanito me borró de su Facebook (not me, i hate Facebook FYI) o lo que sea, definitivamente me da esperanza. Sé que no escribo sobre noticias, ni política aquí, pero este caso lo amerita.

La protesta pacífica del pueblo dominicano por la injusta Reforma Fiscal (o mejor dicho, una protesta para reclamar por todo lo que nos hemos callado y soportado todo este tiempo, la reforma es simplemente la ultima gota), tomó lugar en el Parque Independencia, exactamente en la Puerta del Conde.

Aquí esta la noticia que hasta salió en el New York Times (para que vean que esto no es relajo). Clic aquí-->


Me encantó ver a este señor que tenía pinta de empresario agarrando su bandera y siendo parte de la protesta. Destacaba de la multitud por su ropa formal, ensacado y todo.

La bandera a media asta en un momento de la protesta.
Tantas personas diferentes, de todas las clases, pero especialmente tantos jóvenes de todas las clases, incluso muchas personas que ni parecían de este país, hizo de esta protesta algo muy especial. Sí, sabemos que esta única protesta no resolverá de un tiro todos los males de este país, but it feels damn good saber que callamos a todos esos "ahí no va a haber gente", "eso no sirve de na'", "aquí no hay unidad, y nada se hace bien", "ahí se va a armar pleito eso es peligroso" y un súper etcétera de disparates. La verdad es que si logramos esto, podemos lograr mucho más. This is just the beginning baby.

No puedo empezar a describir lo bien que se sintió estar ahí y formar parte de esto, si eres dominicano, y si no eres indiferente a esto y te sientes indignado y quillao' por lo que pasa, no te limites a las redes sociales, sal y tomemos acción, ACCIÓN y no solo palabras (se siente increíble protestar pacíficamente en persona). Ya hemos dado el primer paso, ahora a darle pa'lla y que esto siga!

¿Asististe a la protesta? ¿Qué opinas sobre la reforma? ¿Cuál fue tu cartel favorito? (El pueblo se botó ayer con las pancartas de protesta) 

Todas las fotos tomadas por: Copyright © 2012. Indie in the Caribbean All Rights Reserved.

Share it!          0 Comments

2 pros flying solo and 1 wonderful comeback

Nov 3, 2012

Today I bring you 3 very new music videos, I mean like really new, released this past week, and they're from great great music makers. The first is Young Again by Paul Banks who released his 2nd solo album, Benjamin Gibbard with Teardrop Windows who released his 1st solo album, and then we have the very expected (at least for me) No Doubt with their third single and video for Looking Hot.

Like i have said before, my favorite kind of music videos are the innovative conceptual music videos kind (with a bit of wtf sometimes),  but of course I also enjoy videos like this a lot, videos with stories mini-movie-like, videos that are funny, and videos with a specific theme (in terms of story,outfits, scenery etc.),  like these 3 respectively.

1. Young Again by Paul Banks

Paul Banks goes back to school in the video for Young Again, and ironically he looks incredibly old in here (you still hot Paul). Directed by Sophia Peer, this video has a sad feeling, like the helplessness you felt in your awkward school years, but thankfully it ends in some sweet victory...or maybe it doesnt (i want to leave some mystery for you, in case you haven't seen it).

Damn, you kids are so lucky :(

2.Teardrop Windows by Benjamin Gibbard

Ben Gibbard is a bad boy in this one, it's Ben like you have never seen him before (man i love Ben). I adore when i see people like musicians and actors who always have this serious guy facade, and they don't look like they joke around much, and then they come out and do stuff that show you they are actually funny as hell, is like, since they're not goofing around 24/7, you appreciate it more when they do. The song is great like every other Gibbard-written song, and the video was directed by Tom Scharpling


3. Looking Hot by No Doubt

And last but not least, No Doubt is looking hot, for real, they all look hot (as usual) in this native american themed video. I don't know the director yet (feel free to say it if you do), but this video, even though is nothing new it was very entertaining, and I want to hug Gwen in her red dress.

Oh yeah, this reminds me that when I watched the video on YouTube, the comments were very controversial, saying things like they are offending with racial stereotyping or something like that. I really don't think so, I honestly don't see anything but a theme used for a music video, just as some artist use African culture outfits and choreography in videos, or when someone uses ninjas, and other Japanese culture elements in their videos. I think that these things, when used in the right way, can be a celebration of culture, instead of offenses. But then again, I don't know. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think they are offending someone? yes? no?

That's all for today kids. Oh and have you seen any great new music videos lately? I would love to know, you know me,  I always appreciate new stuff!  Have a great weekend

Share          2  Comments

A little excercise

Nov 2, 2012

Hello there, in this post I'm writing this About Me page following the awesome advices from the amazing and inspirational Alex Beadon in one of her videos on how to build your blog. I wasn't even looking for blogger tips nor anything, she's just actually an amazing photographer i found on the web who happens to make this great videos and blogs about not only photography, but also, on how to live an inspirational life and also (yes, also) gives business advice. Check her website here:

This excercise was a "homework" she left at the end of the video, and I decided to make it publicly through this post. And if you yourself are a blogger and especially a newbie like me, I encourage you to do this exercise too, it is fun and it makes you have focus, vision, and keeps you in track. Here I go:

My name is: Ross Guzmán, actually is Rosangely but people find it hard to pronounce.
I am: The creator of 'Indie in the Caribbean' blog.
I write: Once a week, or at least i try to.
I write about: Art related things, but if I had to choose one, it would be audiovisuals, mostly music videos. I also write about pop culture/indie culture stuff, as well as how does it feel living in a country where most times you feel like a stranger, because you don't share the same taste as your peers, in all cultural matters, like music, and dressing, and thinking, and living, hence the name of the blog. How is it to be an indie in the Caribbean, when that's clearly not our culture, our taste, and our lifestyle as latinos. When i say indie, I don't mean the stereotypical, labeled, literal indie, but a person which has a different concept of life.  
The kind of people that come to my blog are: People who are young at heart, and whoever feels related to what I write about. People who are fascinated by great music videos and great audiovisual pieces, and music, and culture.
I have realized that many people are in my situation, where they kind of feel like tourists in their own country, and that is common in us latin adolescents who enjoy speaking in english  and listening to rock music from english (or other language) speaking countries, and dress, and think differently. We do love our own culture, and we love the place we came from, we just have a bit of a duality with it, in us and in our lives.
And I want to be: If I had to choose one and only thing, my biggest dream/passion is to be a Music Video Director, which at the same time falls under the "filmmaker" category, which at the same time falls under "art", so i love pretty much every art related thing, but i really (reaaaally) want to be some sort of dominican Michel Gondry, Joseph Kahn, Sophie Muller, Floria Sigismondi, and make the greatest music videos, this country and eventually the world has ever seen. What you think about that?

I draw this cutie in representation for the blog i guess...Maan i wish i had this entire outfit

Share          Comment